Symptoms of Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
- Itching (most common symptom)
- Dry skin
- Rash, usually consisting of red or scaly areas of skin
Areas commonly affected by eczema are:
- Infants: face, neck, extensor surfaces, trunk, groin
- Children: front of elbows, behind knees
- Adults: front of elbows, behind knees, face, neck, upper chest
- Rash may develop oozing or crusting
- Thickening and leathery quality of skin with chronic eczema (known as lichen simplex chronicus)
- Paleness around the mouth
- Extra fold of skin beneath lower eyelid (Dennies or Morgans line)
- Increased number of skin creases on the palms
- Redness and swelling
- Yellowish crusting
- Drainage of pus
The American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 11/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/11/2012 -
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